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2/17/18 5:21 P

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That's an awesome list thanks for sharing.

(sorry I'm new and just finding all these awesome posts, links and things on this great team).

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I love the one hour on what's most important very much. I also know lots of things that can be done in 5 or 10 and I'm so glad to be nudged to use those well.

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My favorite organization method is using to do lists. I wish I could manage #4 on your list - Delegation! It is not something I seem to be able to do! This forum is just what I need to get myself back where I need to be! Thanks!

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When I was teaching, my To Do list was determined by my job.
Now that I'm retired, you would think the last thing I would need/use is a TD list. Wrong! I feel I'm busier now than when I taught.
I use a 5-day planner. I only list those jobs that I know I can accomplish in those 5 days. I begin my week on the day that I have all to myself, so I can get a lot done: Sunday.

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I like to use my IMAGINATION brand weekly/ monthly planner that I bought at Walmart. I first make a master list of things I want to accomplish that week. Then I break it into manageable tasks throughout the week. If a project is overwhelming, I work on it for a few minutes each day. I also like to menu plan and include that, as well. It helps with the food budget, not overbuying at the grocery store and by not wasting food.

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7/19/14 11:06 A

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These two are something I do all of the time. Really does help get things done and keep things straightened. The 5 minute thing really is a good idea.
I buy in bulk when it is practical. Don't have a lot of storage, but I keep extra of some basics on hand.

6. Make a list of things you can do in five minutes or less. (Examples: write a note to a friend, straighten a drawer, make a quick phone call). The next time you have a few minutes to spare, choose something from your list to do.

8. Stock up on supplies. Keep the basics such as stamps, envelopes, notepads and favorite pens in your desk and ready to go. Buy in bulk to save money and time.

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5/5/14 10:41 A

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i find that lists help me to better manage my time

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4/21/14 8:44 P

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TURK2010, I have problems going from a list to getting it done also. One answer is to list only the next steps that can be done at the next available time, not lists of projects or goals. These lists need not be overwhelming since they are the result of brain storming your projects and goals to figure out what can be done in the immediate future to make progress on the three or five projects that you decided to focus on in the brain storming session. Some tasks may not be available to do until a future time or event occurs and I think it is important to many to at least make a list of tasks thatr can be done as soon as thew opportune time or event arrives. A book I read, " Organize your mind, Organize your Life" by Paul Hammerness, stresses that the advantage of having such lists is that it frees up the mind from having the worry of not forgetting a task.
One important ingredient to the success of lists is to have a system for actually working off the important items on the lists. The best way to manage lists is to do tasks taking less than 5 minutes immediately and record tasks taking longer in from 6 to 10 categories such as 1) Home to do, 2)At computer to do, 3) At Office or in city to do, 4) Errands to run, 5) At Church to do, 6)Meeting with Friends & Family to do, 7) Monthly goals current tasks to do, 8) Phone calls to Make. Remember, I am talking of listing needed actions that can be done as the next step at the next available time, not lists of the projects and goals so the lists need not be long or overwhelming in detail. My current list contains only 30 items and I don't expect to do them all tomorrow. My list is small because my next brain storming session is Wednesday.

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2/19/14 10:44 P

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I was a fan of making lists for awhile but found out that just making those lists take up time and energy.....plus I put too much on the list....just overwhelming...now I just try to get the important task done ASAP then let rest fall where they may

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2/19/14 4:05 P

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I love my lists! They are detailed and magnificent...and without them I would be the worst employee. And terrible at paying my bills! emoticon

I think I will work on carving out dedicated time to focus on priority tasks. The little things can suck up so much of the day that there's no room left for the big projects.

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I love no. 2. I live by lists. I have a terrible memory due to dyslexia so if a thing is not written down it will be forgotten and not get done!

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2/19/14 10:16 A

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Great list!

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2/19/14 9:31 A

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Thank-you!

I love making list and crossing them off, but #7 was my favorite and so true!

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2/19/14 5:43 A

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A list I found on www.ineedmoretime.com

Here's how it starts:

12 Top Time Savers

1. Reserve an hour each day. Close your door, turn off the phone and concentrate on priorities. It's amazing what you can accomplish in one uninterrupted hour.

2. Write it down. Making a master list of everything you need to do will declutter your mind and reduce your stress level. Each day, move a few of these items to your daily to-do list.

3. Keep a running list of errands to do. Group them together by location and do everything at once. Learn more at www.ineedmoretime.com/affoffice.htm.

4. Delegate! Taking the time to teach someone else to complete a task for you will ultimately free up your time for more important things. For one week, analyze each thing you must do and ask yourself, "Am I the person who must do this or should I find someone else to do it?"

5. Develop forms. Is there a sales letter that you write every week? Make a master on the computer. Think about things you do daily and ask yourself if there is a way to standardize those tasks.

6. Make a list of things you can do in five minutes or less. (Examples: write a note to a friend, straighten a drawer, make a quick phone call). The next time you have a few minutes to spare, choose something from your list to do.

7. Prioritize, Prioritize! It is better to accomplish three very important projects in a day than it is to finish 20 low priority tasks. Think about this as you plan your days.

8. Stock up on supplies. Keep the basics such as stamps, envelopes, notepads and favorite pens in your desk and ready to go. Buy in bulk to save money and time.

9. Keep a reading file. Place letters, memos, reports, newspaper articles (cut out of the paper), magazines articles (removed from the magazines) in it. When you are stuck in traffic or sitting in a doctor's office, pull out your file and read something meaningful to pass the time.

10. Do like tasks together. Make all your phone calls together. Run all your errands during lunch hour one day per week. Write thank you cards to customers once a week. Have a daily, 15-minute meeting with your assistant.

11. Reduce interruptions. Have everyone in the company learn and use these time-saving tips. Some businesspeople put a flag on their door or their cubicle when they are not to be interrupted.

12. Get organized! You can save an hour per day by decluttering and organizing your desk, files and paperwork.

They send the full list to people who subscribe to the site. I quite liked it.
Which tip is your favorite? Mine is definitely number 1. Not that I'm so successful in applying it...

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